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Exercise Science

College of Health Sciences

Kinesiology and Applied Physiology


Preparing students for healthcare professions

Exercise science is a major that provides students with a strong biological and physical science-based foundation complemented by individual specialty courses in biomechanics, physiology, motor control & development, and athletic training. The major in exercise science is primarily a pre-professional program, preparing students for graduate programs in physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant, medical and dental school, or advanced graduate training in exercise science. The exercise science program of study is designed to cover all courses needed to apply to graduate physical therapy programs, as well as many courses needed for other health-related graduate programs.  Students not seeking postgraduate training can select career opportunities in health related clinical or research environments.

Students with the goal of attending medical school should visit UD's premedical website for advising and admission information.  There are two distinct pathways by which students can gain admission to a professional school. One is open to all majors and requires just a basic knowledge of science and mathematics. Students taking this option are evaluated by the Health Science Advisement and Evaluation Committee (HSAEC), which writes a University of Delaware recommendation to medical institutions of the student's choice. Approximately 90% of High Recommend students, 60% of the Recommended with Enthusiasm and 15% of the Recommended attend medical school directly following their graduation from the University of Delaware.

Areas of study

  • Biology & Chemistry
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics & Motor Control
  • Sports Healthcare
  • Statistics & Research Methods


Career & Graduate Pathways 

  • Physical Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physician Assistant
  • Medical and Dental Programs
  • Advanced graduate training in exercise science






What's special about this program?


The Kinesiology and Applied Physiology Department offers a major in exercise science leading to a Bachelor of Science for students interested in the scientific aspects of human physiology, biomechanics and neuromuscular control. The exercise science major provides students with an outstanding educational experience that prepares them for careers in the health professions or health sciences, and conducts research that addresses important issues related to human health. This is primarily a pre-professional program, preparing students for subsequent clinical, graduate, or professional programs.


The Medical Scholars concentration bridges the divide between science and the cultural needs of the medical profession and prepares students for medical school admission. Most of the graduates of all of these concentrations gain entrance to programs in physical or occupational therapy, medical or dental school, physician assistant programs, prosthetic/orthotic programs, or graduate schools in the exercise science area.


Get involved

Exercise Science Club
Athletic Training Club
Lori’s Hands
Assistive Medical Technologies group
First Step Grand Challenges program


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Sample Curriculum


Intro to Exercise Science



Seminar in Exercise Science



Biology I



General Chemistry



Language of Medicine



Critical Reading & Writing




General Psychology



Biology II



General Chemistry
KAAP309  Human Anatomy & Physiology I

Calculus I


Nutrition Concepts
KAAP310  Human Anatomy & Physiology II


Physics I
STAT200  Basic Statistical Practice
  Multi-cultural course
  University Breadth



Physics II


Pre-professional seminar




Sports Healthcare




Exercise Physiology



Biomechanics I


University Breadth




Research Methods




Motor Control & Learning



 Child or Abnormal Psychology




12 LEAD EKG Interpretation

KAAP 301


 Motor Development


Clinical Exercise Physiology




Biomechanics II
KAAP440  Topics in Exercise Science